Open house celebrates UT Martin, Southwest partnership

A partnership between the University of Tennessee at Martin and Southwest Tennessee Community College will officially begin with an open house event from 4-6 p.m., Aug. 13, at the UT Martin Somerville Center. The center is located at 214 Lakeview Road in Somerville, and all are invited to attend.

Southwest Tennessee Community College will begin offering eight freshman-level courses at the UT Martin Somerville Center this fall semester to provide local residents with a convenient location to begin their two-year degrees. All eight courses are transferrable to UT Martin through the Tennessee Transfer Pathway for those wishing to complete a four-year degree. Students wishing to complete coursework through both institutions simultaneously will be able to transfer courses and share financial aid as needed.

“We are excited to help offer these opportunities to students in the Fayette County region who may be looking for an alternative route to higher education,” said UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver. “We look forward to being able to serve the region in bigger and better ways, and collaborating with Southwest Tennessee Community College will help us better serve area residents where they are.”

The courses currently available through Southwest are introduction to business, English composition, English support, introduced to statistics – enhanced, support course for math 1530, pre-calculus algebra, reading support of ACAD 1100, and academic success seminar. Additional degree programs will become available over the next year to allow the completion of a full degree at the new location within 12-18 months.

“We are proud to partner with the University of Tennessee at Martin Somerville Center. This partnership empowers us to provide a seamless pathway to a credential, a career or continued education at UT Martin and other colleges for Fayette County residents,” said Dr. Tracy Hall, Southwest president.

The open house event will feature a book scholarship giveaway as well as the opportunity to ask questions about registration and other aspects of college life. For more information, contact the UT Martin Somerville Center at 901-465-7313 or Southwest Tennessee Community College at 901-333-4108. Prospective applicants should contact the Southwest Office of Admissions at


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